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Books That Every Human Being Should Read

I'm going to the library today, and considering it's summer (I have a lot of time on my hands) I'm going to pick up several books to read.

Could people please list books that are necessary to read? That way I have a better idea of what to pick up.

I'll start off:

1984 by George Orwell
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Cien ańos de soledad by Gabriel García Márquez
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- Penthouse
- Hustler

Always a good read. :thmbup:
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- Penthouse
- Hustler

Always a good read. :thmbup:
They don't have that at the library.

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John Grisham would do then.
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Always a good read. :thmbup:
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- the perfume, Patrick Suskind
- 20 love poems and a desperate song, Pablo Neruda
- the little prince, St exupery
- Sidharta, Herman Hesse
- Milan Kundera (almost all of his books)
- Fernando Pessoa ( anything)
- the king, the wiseman and the buffon , Shafique Keshavjee
- Kahlil Gibran (anything)
- Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

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I think it wouldn't be a bad thing if everybody would read Primo Levi: If This is a Man.
For the rest I don't think the title matters soo much, but reading literature definitely makes one a better person.
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For those who can't afford to be a better person please, pick up a volume of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray."


Geert would also agree with the choice of "Dorian Gray."

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High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Ullysses by James Joyce
Life and Deeds of Alexis Zorbas by Nikos Kazantzakis
The Last Temptation by Nikos Kazantzakis
When Nietzche Wept by Irwin Yalom
The Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
The Egyptian by Mika Waltari
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Or to discover that either there is no book that all humans should read or we should read every single book in the world go and get Italo Calvino "If a traveler in a Winter Night"...

But if you want to look nice, 99% of every great writer when says he read since kid, tell us that he read Dom Quixote. Most people think it is a comedy, a satiric critic. It is false. It is a nightmare, a horror story. That is why all those people who read a lot since kid to the point they turn in great writters have read it when young and more open to horror, Dom Quixote is scary...

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Playboy - must read
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Pablo Coelho - The Alchemist
Dan Brown - Angels and Demons
- The Da Vinci Code
Nick Hornby - How to be good
- About a boy
Lance Armstrong - Every second counts
- It's not about the bike
Phil Ball - White Storm ( 101 years of Real Madrid)
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For those who can't afford to be a better person please, pick up a volume of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray."


Geert would also agree with the choice of "Dorian Gray."
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- Sidharta, Herman Hesse
I think that this will be the next book I'll read once I finish Lolita. I've only read about 30 pages, but it seems pretty good so far; however, it seems that an all too famous (and brilliant) Colombian author was more than influenced by Lolita, as he has been by other works as well.
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The autobiography of Malcolm X is a book you'll finish in a few days, because it is so fascinating. I did not finish it in a couple of days though, since I do not have a lot of time on my hands.

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The autobiography of Malcolm X is a book you'll finish in a few days, because it is so fascinating. I did not finish it in a couple of days though, since I do not have a lot of time on my hands.
Yeah, I plan on reading that. I saw the movie with Denzel; it was great.
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Yeah, I plan on reading that. I saw the movie with Denzel; it was great.
I see. I just saw a few of your remarks in the Malcolm X thread in the history forum, so I figured already read it, since you know quite a lot about it. The movie was great yeah, but trust me, the book is even more intriguing than the movie. It's hard to imagine with such a great movie, but it is definitely so!

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No, no Paulo Coelho, Miss future president...He is awful...I give you a list of great brazilian writers one day, then you will be able to read it just to say "I hope Dante's Inferno is not crowded enough!"

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No, no Paulo Coelho, Miss future president...He is awful...I give you a list of great brazilian writers one day, then you will be able to read it just to say "I hope Dante's Inferno is not crowded enough!"
Yeah, I read The Alchemist and it seems that Paul Coelho wishes he was Isabela Allende or GGM or Borges. But please, be my guest. A list of worthy Brazilian writers whose works have been translated into either English or Spanish would be great.
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I see. I just saw a few of your remarks in the Malcolm X thread in the history forum, so I figured already read it, since you know quite a lot about it. The movie was great yeah, but trust me, the book is even more intriguing than the movie. It's hard to imagine with such a great movie, but it is definitely so!
I'll be sure to read it then. Malcolm X is just such a worthwhile person to learn about because he truly and passionately believed in what he taught.
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